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Yankee Candle gears up for fall with new items

BY Allison Cerra

SOUTH DEERFIELD, Mass. — Yankee Candle is embracing the fall season by rolling out new scented candles.

For its Pure Radiance line — which features a sleek, modern design and a custom soy wax blend — Yankee Candle has introduced apple chai and pumpkin scents. The collection is available in three sizes and carries a suggested retail price range from $10.99 to $27.99.

Also new this fall is a range of scents that are designed to welcome autumn into homes everywhere, including Treehouse Memories, Season’s Blessings and Harvest Welcome. The fall collection will be available in various sizes and carries a suggested retail price range from $1.99 to $27.99.

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Regardless of Supreme Court ruling, UHC to voluntarily extend health-reform protections

BY Allison Cerra

MINNETONKA, Minn. — A health insurance provider will continue provisions related to coverage of preventive healthcare services, coverage of dependents up to 26 years old, lifetime policy limits, rescissions and appeals, no matter how the Supreme Court rules in cases related to the 2010 healthcare-reform law.

UnitedHealthcare, which is part of the UnitedHealth Group, said Monday that protections are effective immediately, and will remain available to current and future customers and members. UHC noted it is not establishing any "sunset provisions" and said it is committed to working with all other participants in the healthcare system to sustain that coverage.

"The protections we are voluntarily extending are good for people’s health, promote broader access to quality care and contribute to helping control rising healthcare costs. These provisions make sense for the people we serve, and it is important to ensure they know these provisions will continue," UnitedHealth Group president and CEO Stephen Hemsley said. "These provisions are compatible with our mission and continue our operating practices."


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FaceLube, former boxing champ Victor Ortiz target Hispanic men with new ‘VO’ skin care line

BY Antoinette Alexander

LOS ANGELES — Men’s grooming brand FaceLube has teamed up with former welterweight boxing champion Victor Ortiz to launch an exclusive men’s anti-aging skin care line at La Curacao department stores.

La Curacao is best known as a growing chain of large format department stores of 100,000 sq. ft. each. With a Hispanic focus, La Curacao ranks among the top 100 electronics and appliance retailers in the United States. The retail store chain has nine locations in Southern California and one in Phoenix.

The new skin care line, dubbed “VO,” combines anti-aging ingredients with natural botanicals to boast an eco-friendly formula that is free of parabens, sulfates, fragrances, perfumes, dyes, silicones, polyethylene glycol and oxybenzones. The concentrated formula contains a combination of anti-aging active ingredients that promote healing and cellular turnover for optimal anti-aging benefits. Ideal for daily use, the sealed dispensers ensure maximum usage, minimizes oxidation and contamination.

“La Curacao is more than an active member of the Latino community. It’s commitment to providing Latino families with a warm and memorable experience has made La Curacao the most trusted name within the Hispanic retail market. FaceLube is ecstatic and proud to introduce the ‘VO’ line of men’s skin care products to the Latino community through this premier retailer,” stated Candace Chen, founder of FaceLube Automotive, the exclusive distributor of the FaceLube and VO.

The products are priced between $75 and $150. The three-step anti-aging system features a cleanser that also repels dirt, a non-oily treatment and an active skin protectant. The line also includes supplementary men’s skin care products like natural anti-aging sunscreen, all-natural beeswax lip balm, and a line of anti-aging shaving products with a pre-shave oil, shave cream, hand and neck cream, and shave rescue treatment.

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